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Old 01-06-2019, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by trout25red View Post
This might be my favorite sentence seen on THT. I haven't been through what you have, but I would imagine wife and boys could be powerful motivation to stay the steady path. Good luck and thanks for sharing!
Brett i have a nephew that started the same way as you.He has been fighting it for years,great kid.As I have told him when he slipped and started again he was letting himself down,he needed to stay clean for himself because if he let himself down he could not be there to help anyone else or make things right to everyone he put through all of it.
He would tell me he was sorry for all of the things he put us through and I told him to prove he was sorry he needed to stay clean.He told me it would be a live long fit but he would do his best,I told him I will hold him to it.

I hope the best for you and mostly your family as your boys deserve to grow up with you in their lives and this is coming from someone who lost his father when I was 11.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:19 PM
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I had a little visit last fall.

She landed on my shoulder.
The little bitch had some killer blow.

I knew who she was.
I had not seen her since `91.
I was amazed she had come back after all these years.

When I walked away, I had just had enough.

The little bitch never quits.
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God Bless you and good luck. Plenty of good advice and encouragement here. As a friend of Bill's for many years, I guarantee sobriety is worth every effort and anyone can have it.
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Let's be clear... I am not seeking pity. I am putting this out there so that maybe somebody else who is in active addiction can see that recovery is possible. Moreover, that healthy sobriety brings about positive changes. I am no longer the vain, greedy, self centered asshole that I was for years. That alone is worth the journey. People in my immediate circle were users too in the last year. That's what happens.
We surround ourselves with freaks and junkies just to feel better about ourselves.
Those words reminds me of the 15 y/o smokin/sellin weed and in a "Gang".
Birds of a feather ...

Brett, you could possibly help those kids to turn their lives around sooner rather than later (if at all)

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Hey Brett, our associate pastor sang a song called the old man is dead and it reminded me of your testimony here. He gave a short version of his life before turning himself over to God. His testimony is so very similar to yours minus the money and lawyer part. I’ve known him well for 15 years now and he has been completely sober. When we first met him it seemed his life was as good as it gets but a few years later he lost everything (not due to falling back to drugs and alcohol). It took him a few years to pass this test while being completely sober but he is back on top. I say this to encourage you to never give up my friend. We all fall and come short of the glory of God but when it happens, lift your eyes to heaven dust yourself off and keep on going. Looking forward to hearing you tell someone how you overcame this and encouraging them to do the same.

Isaiah 40:31 says, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Praying for you, your family and many others on this site.
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Hey Brett, our associate pastor sang a song called the old man is dead and it reminded me of your testimony here. He gave a short version of his life before turning himself over to God. His testimony is so very similar to yours minus the money and lawyer part. I’ve known him well for 15 years now and he has been completely sober. When we first met him it seemed his life was as good as it gets but a few years later he lost everything (not due to falling back to drugs and alcohol). It took him a few years to pass this test while being completely sober but he is back on top. I say this to encourage you to never give up my friend. We all fall and come short of the glory of God but when it happens, lift your eyes to heaven dust yourself off and keep on going. Looking forward to hearing you tell someone how you overcame this and encouraging them to do the same.

Isaiah 40:31 says, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Praying for you, your family and many others on this site.
So powerful and so true. I am laser focused on being of service to my God and to my community.
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Glad to hear that you are where you are. One statement that I've heard works both ways, no matter where you are in your serenity. "This too will change". That only means that when you are on your pink cloud, you won't stay there forever, and when you are down, the same is true. Give up staying strong and fighting and just DO the steps and trust your god. I recommend writing a gratitude list EVERY DAY and start a journal. Write to God everyday. Use a dated journal so you can see the days you skipped. Next year when you are writing go back to that day last year to see where you were. You'll be amazed to see your progress. I've been fired by one sponsor for not following directions, had another commit suicide, and lost a child while sober. It can't be done alone. Keep God, your sponsor, and your group very close. They can keep you clean, but you can't.
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Originally Posted by gofastsandman View Post
I had a little visit last fall.

She landed on my shoulder.
The little bitch had some killer blow.

I knew who she was.
I had not seen her since `91.
I was amazed she had come back after all these years.

When I walked away, I had just had enough.

The little bitch never quits.
Sandy, you're a poet! Wonderful work.

Let's get a group together soon and make some bar think it's won the lottery.

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That only means that when you are on your pink cloud, you won't stay there forever, and when you are down, the same is true. Give up staying strong and fighting and just DO the steps and trust your god. I recommend writing a gratitude list EVERY DAY and start a journal. Write to God everyday. Use a dated journal so you can see the days you skipped. Next year when you are writing go back to that day last year to see where you were.
Beenie, what is a gratitude list?

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When in recovery, not much looks bright. There are many many dark and sad days....it's very easy to think yourself into a drink, drug, or whatever you run to for satisfaction.

There are things suggested, such as gratitude lists. And journals to track progress. Because the addicts mind is always conniving...trying to find a way back to a drug. It's very easy to forget where you were and how far you have come.

Becoming grateful for your progress and accomplishments is very helpful in maintaining your path. The slogans we have read are all "pick me up" sayings to help keep us on our path. A Day at a Time, Easy Does It, Live and Let Live, Let Go, Let God.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:46 AM
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Rapi,

A gratitude list is nothing but a list of the things that you have to be grateful to God for today. Sometimes that is difficult. I tell folks that sometimes you just have to really reach for things to put on that list, such as how many fingers you have, do your eyes work, are you on this side of the grass. No matter how bad my day gets, when I stop to think about all the things that I have to be grateful for in this new life my attitude turns around and I can restart my day at that point. It is the best tool I have to keep me sane.
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Proud of you brother. Stay strong.
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Just read this post. Great testimony.
Something to remind and encourage you.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
**Lamentations‬ *3:22-23‬ *ESV‬‬
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All the best to you for a complete recovery and a long, happy life.
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Nothing to add but encouragement. You've obviously figured out the root of the issue. Best wishes on staying the course.
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Good Morning Brett, I'm adding a day to my total and I am thinking about yours
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Good luck man, glad you're on a better path.
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Keep it up man!

You CAN do it!!!
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One day at a time, Brother!
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Wow. Very honest and humble post. Best of luck to you in your recovery!!
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